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For my first favorite, let me address one thing from the get-go:

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I wrote last week about how I was disappointed in the Starbucks red cups this season because they were plain red and wrote jokingly! that they had ruined Christmas. And shortly afterward realized that real live people actually feel this way. About a red cup. Um. LOL. So upon further exploration & highly evolved research on the subject, I came to realize that the red cups this year are not just plain red – they have an ombre effect of reds.

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Something I didn’t notice when I myself purchased my first cup. Secondly, since when was Starbucks a Christian company at all? Was there ever a baby Jesus chillin’ in the manger printed on the cups in past seasons?

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Big fat NOPE.

They also aren’t an anti-christian company, either. They still sell “Christmas Blend” coffees & such.

lol, I bet Starbucks executives were probably all like: “Oh I bet everyone will LOVE our red cups this year! Ombre & minimalism is SO HOT RIGHT NOW!”

Rookie mistake, Starbucks. People love to be offended. Especially crazy people.

Red cup season is something that I personally feel adds some cheer into the Holiday season – but I don’t rely on the red cups as some sort of religious artifact. Because that’s insane. You do realize this, yes? I am a Christian and I love Jesus and know that He is the reason for the season – but I honestly don’t think MY Jesus takes offense to these ombre red cups. This whole thing is a tad bit ridic, but it’s also hilarious so there you have it.

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Say whaaaaaaat!?

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Home Alone is undoubtedly one of THE BEST Holiday movies ever made, in my opinion. EVER. So when I saw this little gem I freaked out. I can only hope that this scene is in the book:

I CANNOT STOP LAUGHING WHEN I WATCH THIS, YOU GUYS. IT’S HILARIOUS EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I’M LAUGHING SO HARD RIGHT NOW JUST LISTENING TO THE CLIP. Classic.

The following remix is particularly hilarious. Please watch, it’s only 36 seconds. No really, I insist:

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WHAT. It’s go time everyone. Get yourself some crayons, colored pencils, markers – WHATEVER, IT’S ON LIKE DONKEY KONG.

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You mean, I get to color Ron in his girly girl dress robes at the Yule Ball?

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…and Hermione being a total badass making the Polyjuice potion YEARS AHEAD OF HER TIME in Chamber of Secrets?!

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AND AND AND that jerk Umbridge?! (I know you love pink girl but because you are such a heinous character I am making it my mission in life to color you an ugly color, like brown. Or burnt orange.)

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How cool is this?! I have a large basket in my living room that I keep all my throw blankets in, but it is overflowing half of the time + it is a pain in the you-know-what to keep all the blankets folded up and looking neat when they’re not being used. I think this blanket ladder is a cool compromise. Will be making this week (hopefully). (And when I say “Will be making”, I mean Joe will be making and I will be supervising per usual. 😉 )

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Okay so this dress could be really cute & great, or it could be really frumpy & ugly. I first saw it on  Natalie’s “Legit Mom Style” post and I really liked it on her + all the reviews are 5 star so we shall see. It’s on sale too! Boom. Basically free.

Go out into the world & enjoy your Tuesday!

xx Ashley

DIY: Old Bookshelf Bippity-Boppity-Booed into a Magical Princess Wardrobe

Hello all!

Today I am going to be sharing a project that Joe completed for little S a few weeks ago. Again, no Martha Stewart/Pottery Barn grade level here – but I thought it would be fun to share some quick & easy projects we have done around the house with items that I probably would have otherwise just tossed!

We’ve had this old tiny dark brown bookshelf since before we were married – it was nothing special. It had moved with us from Hawaii-Arizona-North Carolina-Virginia, and was with Joe for even longer before that. It has moved around from room to room + has carried many heavy books and thus has served its time as a trusty ole bookshelf. On to bigger and better things, I always say! I probably would have just tossed it myself, but Joe being the more creative one of this partnership, took a gander around the internets and came out with a cool idea of how to refurbish the shelf into something awesome for S’s room.

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A tiny Princess wardrobe, you say?

Yep.

We wanted the left side to have a wardrobe feel – with a bar at the top so S could hang up all her princess dresses & costumes. On the right side, we wanted smaller shelves so that she could put up books, play shoes & whatever else she wanted up there.

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(You could also place those square cloth boxes in there to keep toys or whatever. Your choice!)

So he started out by taking out the old shelves from the bookshelf (duh) & tossed em. Joe didn’t sand this particular shelf down because it wasn’t made from regular wood – it was made from the cheap stuff. (Only the best! 😉 ) If you are working with a real legit thick wood shelf – obviously you will have to sand it before painting.

Since this shelf was made from a non-porous surface, Joe was able to spray-paint the entire thing with white spray paint. (You can choose any color you like though, you won’t hurt my feelings. Promise.) Again though, if you are working with nicer wood then spray paint may not cut it and you will have to paint with semi-gloss/matte indoor paint.

Next, he measured from top to bottom of the shelf in order to get a measurement to cut out the ply-wood for the (long, top to bottom) middle divider piece.

Then, he measured where he wanted to put up the divider piece & smaller shelf pieces (on the right side) – and pre-drilled starter holes where he wanted them.

He then took the middle divider ply-wood piece (after painting it pink with semi-gloss indoor paint) and bolted it in using wood screws & L-shaped brackets.

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[Note: Make sure that your wood screws aren’t too long. This will depend on the size of your particular shelf. You don’t want them so long that you accidentally drill out through the back wall of the shelf – just enough to secure the wood being placed in.]

Next, Joe measured inside on the side that we wanted the smaller shelves to go on – making them whatever size you wish/need. We chose to go with 2 larger shelves on top (so we could place a storage box or large books on those if we wanted) and then 2 smaller shelves for S to place her shoes on, at the bottom. He then cut out the pieces of ply-wood for those shelves – to fit the measurements taken – and painted them pink.

In order for those shelves to stay up, Joe then used 2×2 inch blocks of wood to create “runners” for the shelf pieces to sit on. (Don’t forget to paint those pink too!) He then screwed those runners into the sides of the main shelf unit with more wood screws – and then placed the pieces of ply-wood onto the runners to create the shelves.

For the “hanging” side of the wardrobe, we purchased 2 inch PVC piping (cut to size) + basic closet hardware to mount the PVC pipe. Place the PVC pipe in the rack mounts and there you go! Ready to hang ALL OF THE PRINCESS DRESSES.

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Finally, we placed decorative princess stickers along the sides and back of the wardrobe, just for fun. You can choose to add stickers of princesses or whatever else you may want; or add no stickers at all. Again, your choice. Won’t hurt my feelings either way. 😉

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It’s basically a fairly inexpensive, easy & quick project that will make any girly-girl in your life super excited + happy.

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(Endnote: Am not responsible for the future purchasing of more princess dresses + shoes. 😉 )

Saga of a DIY Pinterest-Inspired Earring Frame

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Pinterest. You’ve heard of it, right?

I’m pretty sure this is every woman’s “happy place”. The place that we can go to gaze at all the lovely things that we don’t have or need, but desperately want. It’s filled with colorful pictures of outfit inspiration, cool and convenient crafts, humorous memes and videos – there’s even a history section! (As a history major, this option THRILLS ME. Completely serious.) You sit back with your coffee and dream of all the possibilities.

So naturally, when I see something that I feel like I need and could use (and easily make myself), I enlist Joe to make it for me. Hey-oh! Truth be told, my husband is way more handy and crafty than I am. It’s just the truth. So when my extremely cluttered dresser space where I keep my jewelry got a bit too out of hand, I thought to myself “Hey! I need an earring organizer. I know I’ve seen the tutorials around on Pinterest. Easy peasy.”

I searched around and quickly found SEVERAL. I by no means thought up this idea on my own. I just found a couple pictures that I liked and tweaked them to what I wanted. The majority of the frames I saw online were older frames found at thrift stores. I checked out one thrift store but there weren’t many good options there. (Plus I really feel like people now KNOW that old frames can be redone/repainted into a plethora of items and then sold on Etsy for way more than what they are worth – to people who don’t want to actually do the work themselves. AKA me. So, most thrift stores are ALWAYS wiped out in that department I feel like. The days of finding an awesome old frame to repaint are OVER, my friends.)

So, off we went to Michaels.

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I picked out a regular large picture frame that I liked (Because ain’t nobody got time to repaint a frame. Come on now.)

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Tossed in some chevron burlap for good measure. Just to make it all fancy-like.

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(Notice the fall leaves I strategically placed all around the burlap. I did it especially for you. De nada.)

Next hit up Lowes/Home Depot (Whichever tickles your fancy, I’m not picky) and pick yourself up a nice deluxe stapler with some staples + some 1/2 inch square chicken wire.

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Next, Joe (obviously) took the glass out of the frame. (I’m sure you could also use that for a ton of stuff. Frisbee? Your choice!) He then cut out the chicken wire to fit the INSIDE of the frame and stapled it in.

(Now, a lot of the earring frames you’ll see on pinterest don’t have anything behind the chicken wire. Some do, some don’t. I just preferred the look, especially if you want to hang the frame up against an ugly wall. Just sayin’. )

Then Joe stapled the chevron burlap onto the back of the frame.

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Voila.

I then stuck some Command velcro strips to the back and hung it on the wall. (Side bar: LOVE THESE BY THE WAY. They are awesome. I hang up EVERYTHING with these. As a military family who have to move around/rent every few years, these babies are LIFE SAVERS. I use them to hang up entire gallery walls in my home. Take them down – no marks, no nail holes to cover up, nothing. Couldn’t recommend them enough.)  Then hung up my earrings. Boom. Done.

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I know. Obsessed. Can’t even handle it.

So this was clearly the worst DIY tutorial EVA but I never claimed to be Martha Stewart either, so there you go. 😉

Happy Tuesday!